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Embroidered Patches 


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Embroidered Patches 

Written By: Becky Stern 




Ballpoint pen (1) 

• Fabric (1) 

Embroidery hoop (1) 

Embroidery needle (1) 

Sewing machine (1) 

and floss 

• Paper (1) 

Conte crayon (1) 


Reproducing digital artwork in embroidery isn't hard if you follow these simple steps. I'l 
show you how using the fffffatlab text. 

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Step 1 — Trace your artwork. 

• If you're using a light-colored fabric, you may be able to trace directly on the fabric. In this 
case, I'm using a very opaque canvas fabric, so I had to first trace the design on paper, 
directly from my computer screen. 

• Don't use a drawing implement that requires too much pressure or that will bleed 
through onto your monitor. A regular ballpoint pen works just fine. 


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Step 2 — Chalk it up. 

• If you traced your design directly onto your fabric, skip this step. 

• Turn your paper template over and apply chalk or conti crayon to the back (in a color that 
will be visible on your fabric). 

• Shake off the dust and place the paper template on your fabric. 

• Trace over the design with a dull pencil or ballpoint pen, transferring the lines of the design 
onto your fabric. 

• Be careful not to touch it too much after this, as the chalk will rub off with your 


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Step 3 — Start embroidering. 

• Stretch your fabric in your embroidery hoop. 

• Select your floss color and get started. 

• Use whatever stitches you feel are appropriate, and don't be afraid to experiment. I used 
the satin stitch for these. 

• It may be helpful to keep your reference image up on your monitor so you can keep 
track of small details that might have been lost in the tracing transfer. 

• When finished, take your fabric out of the hoop and shake off any remaining chalk. 

• Iron out the creases from the hoop. 

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Step 4 — Create a backing (optional), 

• This step is optional, but gives a nice finished look to your patch. 


• Cut a rectangle of your backing fabric with about a 3/8" border seam allowance all around 
your patch. 

• Press in a 1/4" fold on all sides. Trim the corners at a 45° angle passing through the 
intersection of the two ironed creases. 

• Iron in another 1/4" fold, turning under the first fold you made. 

• Press in the corners so that the edge of the crease intersects the new corner intersecting 
folds, then press in the sides again. 

• You should end up with nice mitered corners. 


• Place the patch inside this frame and topstitch around all edges for a nice complete patch. 

This document was last generated on 2012-11-01 06:25:38 PM. 

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